We have had some wonderful hikes in the Alps. The air is crisp and clean and the views are magnificent! We especially like to hike above the tree line and near a lake. It is wonderful to look down and see birds flying below us. But sometimes the paths are perilously close to the edge of the mountain. Thankfully, I do not get dizzy looking down. To watch my step I need to look down!
Our verse for today tells us to be wise by walking carefully. We walk through life with a purpose. We walk in a manner that is worthy of our calling, pleasing the Lord (Col. 1:10). We do not walk close to the edge, courting disaster as the unwise would do. Rather than wondering just how far one can go in a particular behavior before it becomes sin, we need to walk with a healthy fear of falling. We need to stay away from that tempting edge. Walking on a dangerous edge gives no room for error. One moment of inattention or one small misstep can mean disaster.
Walking carefully is walking within His will, making the most every day (verses 16-17). The paths He gives us to walk will always have those tricky places. The potential to fall is always there. But thankfully He makes my steps firm and sure. He has promised that when I acknowledge Him, He will make that path straight and manageable (Prov. 3:6).
Wherever He leads me today, I know He will keep me from falling off the path. Help me Lord, to carefully follow You through the difficult dizzy parts.